A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence newsinteractives.cbc.ca/l…
For his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995), Terry Nichols was sentenced to 161 life sentences plus 9300 years, without parole. His sentence is declared as the longest officially confirmed sentence ever handed down in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Ariel Castro, the kidnapper who locked up and abused 3 missing girls including Amanda Berry for 10 years, committed suicide one month into his 1,000 year prison sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ari…
Gordon Ramsay set up a business inside a London prison that taught inmates how to bake and sold the goods on the outside. Providing the prison with financial support while giving the inmates work experience they could use to find honest work after their sentence. theguardian.com/society/2…
Ted Kaczynski (better known as the Unabomber) received an invitation in 2012, while incarcerated at ADX Florence, to his Harvard graduating class's 50th anniversary reunion. He RSVPed, noting his occupation as "prisoner" and his eight life sentences as "awards." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
In 1978 Tim Allen was arrested after he was caught drug trafficking with over 650 grams of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of 3 - 7 years than a possible life imprisonment, serving two years and four months in a Federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
During the French Revolution , Robespierre law of 22 Prairial, year II (June 10, 1794), streamlined revolutionary justice, denying the accused any effective right to self-defense and eliminating all sentences other than acquittal or death. Leading to almost 800 execution/month britannica.com/place/Fran…
Physical attractiveness has a significant influence on judges sentencing. The more unattractive the criminal, the higher the sentence. Results of three studies show a minimum increase of 119.25% and a maximum increase of 304.88%. thelawproject.com.au/insi…
The longest prison sentence served was 70 years and 303 days en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
Six Georgia inmates out on work detail saved a Deputy Sheriff who collapsed unconscious. They could have taken his gun & fled with the work van but used the Deputy's phone to call 911. The Sheriff's Office gave the men a pizza party with homemade dessert & recommended reduced sentences. cbsnews.com/news/six-inma…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a 3 ton annual Christmas display in the Swedish town of GΓ€vle that has been a target for vandals since the tradition started. Damaging the goat carries a minimum 3 month prison sentence and vandals have gone as far as hacking into the security cameras to disable them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ€v…
During his time as Polish Press Agency's African correspondent Ryszard KapuΕ›ciΕ„ski covered information from 50 countries, lived through twenty-seven revolutions and coups, was jailed 40 times and survived four death sentences. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rys…
Today I learned about Sabella Nitti. A woman who escaped the death sentence in the 1920s, because she had a make over. The papers first called her "ugly" and that she was "obviously a killer", after the make over she was described as a "butterfly". racked.com/2018/1/26/1692…
Darwin never used the word "evolution" in his book On the Origin of Species, he instead called the process "descent with modification". He only used the term "evolved" once, as the last word of the last sentence of the book. fluther.com/167182/why-di…
In Jewish religious law the husband must grant a 'get' in order for a couple to be recognised as officially divorced. Some men refuse to do so and rabbinical courts in Israel have the power to sentence a husband to prison to compel him to grant his wife a get. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get…
On 1953, in order to get returned confiscated property, the widow of Aldred Jodl managed to get his Nuremberg sentence overturned. This decision was later revoked but his widow was allowed to keep his property. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
King Christian VII of Denmark would randomly slap diplomats mid-sentence as they discussed affairs of state and leapfrog visiting dignitaries when they bowed to him. madmonarchs.guusbeltman.n…
The phrase, "My postillion has been struck by lightning" is a parody of grammatically correct but useless or absurd sentences that are often found in phrasebooks and teachings. Versions of the phrase date back to the 19th century and jokes about it date to atleast 1916 in Punch magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
Richard Ramirez was sentenced to die in California's gas chamber. He stated to reporters after the death sentences, "Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland." He later died of complications from B cell lymphoma while awaiting execution. theguardian.com/world/201…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
Today I learned of Leslie Grantham who finished a prison sentence for murder, became an actor appearing in Doctor Who, then became an immensely popular star as Den in UK soap opera EastEnders in 1985. Den was killed off, brought back from the dead, then killed permanently after a sex scandal in 2004 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
Today I learned of The "Cat and Mouse act" passed in 1913 allowed the British Government to free sufferagettes who had become very ill from their hunger strikes. When they had recovered their health they were rearrested and taken back to prison to serve out the rest of their sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
In China there is a legal punishment called Death sentence with reprieve in which death row inmates are freed under supervision. After two years, the criminal will either be executed if they committed more crimes, given a life sentence or a fixed term sentence if they behaved lawfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Today I learned of Serena Kozakura, a Japanese bikini model who was sentenced to 14 months in jail for destruction of property. Her sentence was overturned when she proved in court her huge breasts meant it was impossible for her to squeeze through a hole to enter the home of the victim. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
In England, the period, as in the punctuation mark indicating the end of a sentence, is called a full stop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/per…
Triboulet, jester of Francis I, saved his life thanks to his vivaciousness. After making fun of a king's mistress, he was sentenced to death and had to choose the way he would die. Sharp minded, he asked to die of old age, leaving the King voiceless his sentence was commuted to banishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned about the Biscari Massacre, a WWII war crime where a United States army sergeant murdered 37 POWS in cold blood. His life sentence was commuted and he died in 1974. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, unattractive people receive 175–305 percent longer sentences than attractive people. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Thucydides, one of Ancient Greece’s greatest historians, was killed mid-sentence. historycollection.com/16-…
Today I learned of autistic savant Mark DeFriest, aka Houdini of FL. Arrested on a minor charge as a teen, he got a life sentence from escapes/attempts & pranks. He made a zip gun from a toothpaste tube, replicated keys from memory. In & out of prison since 1978, 27 yrs in solitary; he's in prison to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Bawdy House Riots of 1668 were a series of organised attacks on London brothels as a protest against religious intolerance, resulting in death sentences for treason en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baw…
US you do not actually have the right to a trial by jury unless the sentence is greater than 6 months nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
Today I learned of Nathaniel Gordon, the only person in the United States to be executed for attempting to sell human beings. Abraham Lincoln refused to commute Gordon’s sentence, despite thousands of people petitioning him for clemency. downeast.com/greaterportl…
A woman named Chamoy Thipyaso, an employee of the Petroleum Authority for Thailand was convicted of corporate fraud on July 27, 1989 and had the longest prison sentence ever with 141,078 years historycollection.com/fin…
Casey J Fury, a civillian sandblaster/painter, started a fire onboard nuclear submarine USS Miami, so he could go home early. Several were injured fighting the fire. Fury confessed, and was given a 17 yr prison sentence and $400,000,000 fine. Never repaired, Miami was decommissioned 3/28/2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of Jack Unterweger, an Austrian serial killer. After murdering an 18-year-old girl, he got a life sentence, but became an author and campaigned to get himself released after just 15 years. He then became a reporter, reporting on his own crimes as he proceeded to kill at least 9 more people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Starting a sentence with 'and' is perfectly acceptable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The 1100 page epic novel about the history of Japan "Shogun" by James Clavell was inspired by a single sentence in his daughter's school textbook that read "in 1600 an Englishman went to Japan and became a Samurai". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shō…
During the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela delivered an opening speech that lasted 3 hours. The addition of the 3 words in the last sentence, proclaiming he was β€˜if needs be’ prepared to die for the ideal of all living together In harmony, is credited with saving him from the gallows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riv…
The longest prison sentence ever given in the U.S. was a sentence for 30,000 years! everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
In Norway, the maximum prison sentence for a crime is 21 years. Norway also has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world, at just 20%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inc…
The sentence "I didn't take the test yesterday" has six meanings, depending on what word is stressed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
A convicted killer had his death sentence thrown out when it couldn’t be proven that he had assaulted a girl he had murdered. Believing he was now immune, he sent a taunting letter to the prosecutor, admitting the assault. It was used to successfully re-convict him to death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Luis Felipe, leader of the Latin Kings, sentenced to life imprisonment with 45 years to be served in solitary confinement in an unprecedented sentence. No one is allowed to write him letters , no one to visit unless close relative, which he has none and the Judge will be in control whole time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lui…
Today I learned of the Bulwer-Lyton fiction contest, in which entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" bulwer-lytton.com/
War criminals convicted in the Hague don't actually serve their sentences there worldcrunch.com/world-aff…

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